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    • Black comedy

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    • Burlesque

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    • Comic science fiction

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    • Comedy-drama

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    • Ancient Greek comedy

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    • Horror comedy

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    • Jewish comedy and humor

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    • LGBT comedy and humour

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    • Off-color humor

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    • Office comedies

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    • Parodies

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    • Police comedies

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    • Romantic comedy

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    • Satire

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    • Sitcoms

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    • Sketch comedy

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    • Slapstick comedy

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    • Stand-up comedy

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    • Surreal comedy

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    • Tragicomedy

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    • Comedic genres

    • Comedy may be divided into multiple genres based on the source of humor, the method of delivery, and the context in which it is delivered. These classifications overlap, and most comedians can fit into multiple genres. For example, deadpan comics often fall into observational boom comedy, or into black comedy or blue ... Read »


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    • Aldwych farce

    • The Aldwych farces were a series of twelve stage farces presented at the Aldwych Theatre, London, nearly continuously from 1923 to 1933. All but three of them were written by Ben Travers. They incorporate and develop British low comedy styles, combined with clever word-play. The plays were presented by the actor-manage ... Read »


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    • Alternative Cabaret

    • Alternative Cabaret was a collective of politically motivated performers and musicians. It was set up by Tony Allen and Alexei Sayle in the summer of 1979 shortly after they had met at the newly opened London Comedy Store. They quickly recruited comedians Jim Barclay, Andy de la Tour and Pauline Melvile; plus folk duos ... Read »


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    • Alternative comedy

    • Alternative comedy is a term coined in the 1980s for a style of comedy that makes a conscious break with the mainstream comedic style of an era but can also be found in cartoons. The phrase has had different connotations in different contexts: in the UK, it was used to describe content which was an "alternative" to the ... Read »


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    • Bedroom farce

    • A bedroom farce or sex farce is a type of light comedy, centered on the sexual pairings and recombinations of characters as they move through improbable plots and slamming doors. The bedroom farce is perhaps the most common form of farce. The most famous bedroom farceur is probably Georges Feydeau, whose collections o ... Read »


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    • Burlesque

    • Burlesque is a literary, dramatic or musical work intended to cause laughter by caricaturing the manner or spirit of serious works, or by ludicrous treatment of their subjects. The word derives from the Italian burlesco, which, in turn, is derived from the Italian burla – a joke, ridicule or mockery. Burlesque ov ... Read »


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    • Burletta

    • In classical music, a burletta (Italian, meaning "little joke", sometimes burla or burlettina), is a brief comic opera. In the 18th century, a burletta was the comic intermezzo between the acts of an opera seria. The extended work Pergolesi's La serva padrona was also designated a 'burletta' at its London premiere in 1 ... Read »


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    • Character comedy

    • Character comedy is a method or genre in which a comedian performs as though he or she were a character created by himself or herself. A good deal of comedians have enjoyed fame from character comedy. ... Read »


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    • City comedy

    • City comedy, also known as citizen comedy, is a genre of comedy in the English early modern theatre. Our Scene is London, 'cause we would make known, No country's mirth is better than our own. No clime breeds better matter, for your whore, Bawd, squire, imposter, many persons more Emerging from Ben Jonson's late- ... Read »


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    • Comedy of errors

    • A comedy of errors is a narrative work (often a play) that is light and often humorous or satirical in tone, in which the action usually features a series of comic instances of mistaken identity or other misunderstanding, and which typically culminates in a happy resolution of the thematic conflict. A slight varia ... Read »


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    • Comedy of manners

    • The comedy of manners is an entertainment form which satirizes the manners and affectations of a social class or of multiple classes, often represented by stereotypical . For example, the miles gloriosus ("boastful soldier") in ancient times, the fop and the rake during the English Restoration, or an old person pretend ... Read »


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    • Comedy thriller

    • Comedy thrillers are a hybrid genre that draw subject matter generally from comedy and thrillers. They include a disproportionate amount, relative to other genres, of humor. Examples of comedy thrillers in films, plays and novels are Charade,The Thin Man, The Lady Vanishes, In Bruges, Silver Streak, Mr. and Mrs. Smith ... Read »


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    • Comic science fiction

    • Comic science fiction or comedy science fiction is a subgenre of soft science fiction or science fantasy that exploits the genre's conventions for comedic effect. Comic science fiction often mocks or satirizes standard SF conventions like alien invasion of Earth, interstellar travel, or futuristic technology. An early ... Read »


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    • List of comic science fiction

    • This is current list of comic science fiction, mixing science fiction or science fantasy with comedic intent. There are also any number of animated Japanese series which use a scifi-comedy or scifi-fantasy-comedy setting. Urusei Yatsura, Dr. Slump, FLCL and Tenchi Muyo! are examples. ... Read »


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    • Cringe comedy

    • Cringe comedy is a specific genre of comedy that derives humor from social awkwardness. Often a cringe comedy will have an air of a mockumentary and revolve around a serious setting, such as a workplace, to lend the comedy a sense of reality. It could be argued, therefore, that the film This Is Spinal Tap (1984) was a ... Read »


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    • Documentary comedy

    • Documentary comedy is a form of comedy. The comic material used is presented in documentary style—usually, a report on a particular theme or issue—and with the same investigation and reporting methods used to gather the material. Well-known documentary comics include Dave Gorman,Danny Wallace, Tony Hawks, Al ... Read »


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    • Comedy-drama

    • Comedy-drama, occasionally known as dramedy (portmanteau of words drama and comedy), is a subgenre in contemporary forms of tragicomedy, especially in television, that combines elements of comedy and drama. The advent of radio drama, cinema, and in particular television created greater pressure in marketing to cle ... Read »


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    • Farce

    • In theatre, a farce is a comedy that aims at entertaining the audience through situations that are highly exaggerated, extravagant, and thus improbable. Farces are often highly incomprehensible plot-wise (due to the many plot twists and random events that occur), but viewers are encouraged not to try to follow the plot ... Read »


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    • Glossary of owarai terms

    • The following glossary of words and terms (generally of Japanese origin) are related to owarai (Japanese comedy). Many of these terms may be used in areas Japanese culture beyond comedy, including television and radio, music. Some have been incorporated into normal Japanese speech. ... Read »


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    • Insult comedy

    • Insult comedy is a comedy genre in which the act consists mainly of offensive insults directed at the performer's audience or other performers. Typical targets for insult include individuals in the show's audience, the town hosting the performance, or the subject of a roast. An insult comedian often maintains a compet ... Read »


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    • Comedy of intrigue

    • The comedy of intrigue, also known as the comedy of situation, is a genre of comedy in which dramatic action is prioritised over the development of character, complicated strategems and conspiracies drive the plot, and farcical humour and contrived or ridiculous dramatic situations are often employed. Characterisation ... Read »


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    • Comedic journalism

    • Comedic journalism is a new form of journalism, popularized in the twenty-first century, that incorporates a comedic tone to transmit the news to mass audiences, using humour and/or satire to relay a point in news reports. Comedic journalism has been applied to print media in the past but has experienced a resurgence t ... Read »


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    • Madrigal comedy

    • Madrigal comedy is a term for a kind of entertainment music of the late 16th century in Italy, in which groups of related, generally a cappella madrigals were sung consecutively, generally telling a story, and sometimes having a loose dramatic plot. It is an important element in the origins of opera. The term is of 20t ... Read »


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    • Manzai

    • Manzai (?) is a traditional style of stand-up comedy in Japanese culture. Manzai usually involves two performers (manzaishi)—a straight man (tsukkomi) and a funny man (boke)—trading jokes at great speed. Most of the jokes revolve around mutual misunderstandings, double-talk, puns and other verbal gags. In r ... Read »


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    • Mockumentary

    • A mockumentary (a portmanteau of mock and documentary) or docucomedy is a type of movie or television show depicting fictional events but presented as a documentary. These productions are often used to analyze or comment on current events and issues by using a fictional setting, or to parody the documentary form itsel ... Read »


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    • Observational comedy

    • Observational comedy is a form of humor based on the commonplace aspects of everyday life. It is one of the main types of humor in stand-up comedy. In an observational comedy act the comedian "makes an observation about something from the backwaters of life, an everyday phenomenon that is rarely noticed or discussed." ... Read »


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    • Pantomime

    • Pantomime (informally panto), is a type of musical comedy stage production, designed for family entertainment. It was developed in England and is still performed throughout the United Kingdom, generally during the Christmas and New Year season and, to a lesser extent, in other English-speaking countries. Modern pantomi ... Read »


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    • Physical comedy

    • Physical comedy is a form of comedy focused on manipulation of the body for a humorous effect. It can include slapstick, clowning, mime, physical stunts, or making funny faces. Physical comedy originated as part of the Commedia dell'arte. It is now sometimes incorporated into sitcoms; for example, in the sitcom Three' ... Read »


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    • Prop comedy

    • Prop comedy is a comedy genre in which performers use humorous objects, or conventional objects in humorous ways. The stages and films term "prop", an abbreviation of "property", refers to any object an actor handles in the course of a performance. Though some form of prop comedy has likely existed as long as there hav ... Read »


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    • Satyr play

    • Satyr plays were an ancient Greek form of tragicomedy, similar in spirit to the bawdy satire of burlesque. They featured choruses of satyrs, were based on Greek mythology, and were rife with mock drunkenness, brazen sexuality (including phallic props), pranks, sight gags, and general merriment. Satyric drama was one o ... Read »


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    • Savoy opera

    • Savoy opera was a style of comic opera that developed in Victorian England in the late 19th century, with W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan as the original and most successful practitioners. The name is derived from the Savoy Theatre, which impresario Richard D'Oyly Carte built to house the Gilbert and Sullivan pieces, ... Read »


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    • Screwball comedy film

    • Screwball comedy is principally a genre of comedy film that became popular during the Great Depression, originating in the early 1930s and thriving until the early 1940s. Many secondary characteristics of this genre are similar to film noir, but it distinguishes itself for being characterized by a female that dominates ... Read »


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    • Shock humour

    • Shock humour is a style of comedy intended to shock the audience. This can be achieved through excessively foul toilet humour, overt sexual themes, mocking of serious themes (otherwise known as black comedy), or through tactlessness in the aftermath of a crisis. In radio, shock jocks use this brand of humour. In conse ... Read »


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    • Sick comedy

    • Sick comedy was a term originally used by mainstream news weeklies Time and Life to distinguish a style of comedy/satire that was becoming popular in the United States in the late 1950s. Mainstream comic taste in the United States had favored more innocuous forms, such as the topical but (for the time) inoffensive one- ... Read »


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    • Sound effect comedy

    • During the 1960s a new series of 'sound effect' comedies began with Dick Lester, Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers's Running Jumping & Standing Still, continued through Eric Sykes's The Plank, Barbara Windsor's San Ferry Ann and included four films with Ronnie Barker: A Home of Your Own, , The Picnic, and By the Sea. T ... Read »


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    • Stand-up comedy

    • Stand-up comedy is a comic style in which a comedian performs in front of a live audience, usually speaking directly to them. The performer is commonly known as a comic, stand-up comic, stand-up comedian, or simply a stand-up. In stand-up comedy, the comedian usually recites a grouping of humorous stories, jokes and on ... Read »


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    • Surreal humour

    • Surrealist ManifestoSurrealist cinemaSurrealist musicSurrealist techniquesBirmingham Surrealists Surreal humour (also known as absurdist humour) is a form of humour predicated on deliberate violations of causal reasoning, producing events and behaviours that are obviously illogical. Constructions of surreal humour ten ... Read »


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    • Tragicomedy

    • Tragicomedy is a literary genre that blends aspects of both tragic and comic forms. Most often seen in dramatic literature, the term can variously describe either a tragic play which contains enough comic elements to lighten the overall mood or a serious play with a happy ending. There is no complete formal defini ... Read »


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    • Whitehall farce

    • The Whitehall farces were a series of five long-running comic stage plays at the Whitehall Theatre in London, presented by the actor-manager Brian Rix, in the 1950s and 1960s. They were in the low comedy tradition of British farce, following the Aldwych farces, which played at the Aldwych Theatre between 1924 and 1933. ... Read »


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    • Word play

    • Word play or wordplay (also: play-on-words) is a literary technique and a form of wit in which the words that are used become the main subject of the work, primarily for the purpose of intended effect or amusement. Examples of word play include puns, phonetic mix-ups such as spoonerisms, obscure words and meanings, cle ... Read »


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    • Zombie comedy

    • The zombie comedy, often called zom com or zomedy by those who are in the know, is a film genre that aims to blend zombie horror motifs with slapstick comedy as well as dark comedy. The earliest roots of the genre can be found in Jean Yarbrough's King of the Zombies (1941) and Gordon Douglas's Zombies on Broadway (194 ... Read »


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